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What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy is the biggest question an avid cricket follower always has it in his mind which we will unfold in this article. Besides the answer, here is also the brief history and legacy of the Ashes series.

Ashes are the name given to a special cricket series played between England and Australia. The two nations meet roughly every two years, with the winners claiming one of the most famous trophies in cricket, the Ashes Urn. The matches are held alternately in England and Australia. They consist of a series of five test matches, each lasting up to five days. In this article, we will try to answer the question, What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy? And what it is all about that this rivalry dates so old?

What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy?

 What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy?
What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy? -the Answer

What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy?

It’s an old story, (the Ashes) which began way back in 1882 when England was beaten at home for the first time by Australia. The series debacle shocked the cricket world at the time, and prompted The Sporting Times Newspaper to print a joke story on the ‘death of English cricket’. The Newspaper said English cricket would be burnt down and the ashes would be sent to Australia. When England next toured Australia those ashes became real – a pair of bails were burned and the ashes put into the now famous urn (other controversies were also there, later discussed). Thus, the answer to the question, What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy? is here. The winning players are given a replica to celebrate with, as the real trophy is far too delicate.

Ashes trophy tickets
Match Ticket

Prior to England’s defeat at The Oval, by 7 runs, arrangements had already been made for the Hon. Ivo Bligh (English Cricketer), afterward Lord Darnley, to lead a team to Australia. 3 weeks later they set out, with the objective of recovering the Ashes. In the event, Australia won the first Test by 9 wickets, but with England winning the next two it became generally accepted that they brought back the Ashes. It was long believed that the real Ashes, (a small urn thought to contain the ashes of 2 bails used in the third match) were presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. In 1998, Lord Darnley’s 82-year-old daughter-in-law said they were the remains of her mother-in-law’s veil, not a bail. Other evidence suggests a ball. The certain origin of the Ashes, therefore, is the subject of some argument. thus the mystery of What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy? is solved.

Old Picture of trophy
Old Trophy

The text on the urn is as follows:-

When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood holding the trophy

England or Australia

The team of England won three Ashes series in a row, at home in 2009 and away in 2010/11 but they lost badly in the 2013-2014 series against the Baggy Greens – the nickname given to the Australian side which refers to the caps they wear on their heads. On the other hand, Australia won the series 5-0 in 2013/2014 and 2006/07, when they beat England in Australia. The Aussies were utterly dominant for nearly 20 years before that, winning nine out of 10 series played. That’s why there was such a huge fuss when Michael Vaughan’s England side finally won it back in 2005.

Michael Clarke Century
Michael Clarke

Best Players to watch

The English captain Alistair Cook is one of the top players to watch out for. He’s got a whopping 9,032 Test runs to his name and against Australia, he’s pretty good too, with four centuries and a top score of 235 not out. The Batting star Joe Root broke records in 2013 when he became the youngest England player to score an Ashes Series century against the Aussies at Lord’s. England bowler James Anderson is leading England’s attack nowadays. He’s one of the top England wicket-takers and has been a key player in previous Ashes series victories.

Whereas, Australia’s test captain Steven Smith now is one of his team’s top player. He is reckoned to be a great tactical captain too.

A great Test Series awaits which will begin in the month of November. In this article, I hope that your doubt regarding the question, What are the ashes in the Ashes Trophy? is clear now. Please give us your valuable comments below.

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